Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is the full-service manufacturing trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America. The industry creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies employ more than 80,000 employees in 30 countries, with the majority found in North America -- in 41 states in the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. PMA is dedicated to leading innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability.
PMA is committed to its member companies maintaining their competitiveness amidst new business challenges. When recent survey results showed that 90% of PMA and other industry members were having moderate or severe difficulty recruiting qualified employees, PMA heard a call to action. It linked its concern with the skills shortage to veteran unemployment as a possible way to help alleviate both. In so doing, PMA demonstrated the positive impact an industry leader can have when it combines business savvy with a social conscience.
PMA believes that National Guard members, Reservists and veterans comprise a talented new group of future manufacturing sector employees, and it is committed to connecting these service members with employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
PMA’s commitment to the American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) campaign begins at the top. PMA President Bill Gaskin is a member of the AJAH Campaign Advisory Council and has been a strong advocate for the campaign with PMA’s member companies.
PMA has actively promoted the American Jobs for America’s Heroes campaign on the PMA website as well as in frequent newsletter articles and blog posts and on social media, educating PMA members on how to best reach veterans. PMA’s commitment to AJAH shows that PMA knows that manufacturing is good for veterans and veterans are good for manufacturing. PMA has also worked to elevate the profile of manufacturing and employment opportunities available to veterans in the sector.
PMA participated in a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC alongside AJAH and other panelists, identifying educational opportunities in manufacturing that could be offered to veterans as a potential remedy for the skills shortage in this industry. PMA is also a show partner for the upcoming industry FABTECH Expo, the largest metalforming and fabricating trade show in North America. This year, FABTECH has a special focus on recruiting veterans into the advanced manufacturing sector and, as a result of PMA’s efforts, has invited AJAH to speak at the event.